Debra Schroeder


What’s different about Debra

Debra Schroeder is a freelance writer who is always on the go. With a penchant for adventure, she loves active travel, discovering off the beaten path destinations, and finding the hidden gems in every city.

She’ll show you how to find the value in quality travel by getting the most from your travel dollar and maximizing frequent flyer miles and credit card points.

Debra started collecting frequent flyer miles in 1994, and has visited 32 countries and 5 continents. She flies over 200,000 miles a year (a combination of fare deals, mistake fares, smokin’ bargains, airline miles, and credit card points)

She holds top tier elite status with American Airlines and US Airways. And she loves the benefits of having Hyatt Diamond elite status so much that she’ll mattress run at Hyatt to keep her top status.

A former 12-year travel industry executive, Debra is a full-time freelance writer, ghostwriter, editor and content creator.

Travel smarter, not harder

Debra knows how to find the deals, how to creatively finance trips, and how to tell if it’s a good value. She’s always looking for the best deal, whether it’s a hostel, luxury resort, or somewhere in between.

This blog is about helping you: By making the most of your travel dollar. Traveling well for less. Saving money on travel without sacrificing quality. Traveling smarter, not harder. Maximizing your miles and points into travel adventures.

Staying out of jail

Debra is a full-time working mom of two brats. (Just seeing who was still reading. No one ever says their kids are anything but angels. :))

Her children, traveling since they were babies, are seasoned travelers. Diapers and sippy cups have been replaced by Nintendo 3DS XLs, smartphones like the Samsung Galaxy S6, Nexus 9 Google Tablets, laptops like the Macbook Air. You name a mobile electronic device and it’s probably in their backpacks and carry-on bags.

The kids would come on every trip, but the school gets upset when they’re absent.   Did you know a child can only have 5 unexcused absences before they’re truant and you have to go to jail?  Although Orange is the New Black, Debra doesn’t look good in stripes or an orange jumpsuit.  So now the boys only get to travel when school is out. (Yeah, they aren’t happy about that either.)  Homeschooling? Loves the idea but it’s not her thing.

Traveling during summer, holidays and school breaks can be expensive, unless you know how to plan and where to look. That’s where Debra’s expertise comes in.  Follow her and learn how to find the best travel deals.
after kayaking to waterfalls

Luke or Hans Solo?

That was the burning question back in her day. Now it’s Team Edward or Team Jacob. Come on, is that even a question when one is the obvious choice?

Debra loves traveling with her family but the majority of her travel is solo. Traveling Well For Less covers family travel, solo female travel, couple travel, active travel, and frugal travel. Basically a little of everything travel related wrapped into one.

Think of Traveling Well For Less like bacon. Everything is better wrapped in bacon.

Been There, Done That

The map below highlights all the countries Debra’s visited. (Updated May 15, 2015)

Drink the Kool-Aid

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You know you want to. She promises not to make you shave your head or wear a flowing robe…unless you ask nicely.